Mets Continue Hot Streak; Now In First Place
Added by Eddie Utley on June 4, 2012.
After sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals, the Mets find themselves in a first place tie atop the NL East.
With the complete and utter domination of the St. Louis Cardinals, the New York Mets have rolled into a first place tie with the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals. I bet you never thought you’d hear something like that, especially this late in the season.
The Mets didn’t just win, they shut St. Louis down, the best hitting team in MLB. First was Johan Santana’s no hitter, then R.A. Dickey backed it up with a shutout, followed by six shutout innings from Jon Niese. If it wasn’t for a run by the bullpen in the third game, the Cardinals would have been shutout for three in a row.
So glad Manager Terry Collins let Santana stay in, even though he wanted to pull him over and over due to a high pitch count. Everyone keeps worrying about his shoulder. He had surgery. It’s fixed. People need to stop babying pitchers. It’s a concern, but his arm isn’t going to fall off.
To maintain their position in the standings, the Mets have to make some moves. Ike Davis needs to be sent down to Triple-A. He’s supposedly still up because the team wanted him to stay. However, for the betterment of the team, he needs to go down, since he’s currently hurting, not helping, them.
Daniel Murphy needs to find his power. He has no homeruns at all, and, you have to wonder if concentrating on second base has changed his approach. He’s still hitting over .300 and still clutch, but he’s looking like a singles hitter. I wish they could find something to do with Jason Bay. I’d even take Andres Torres over him. At least with Torres, we know what we’re getting, instead of waiting for Bay to start hitting again.
The injuries keep piling up. Mike Baxter is a Mets hero, so we can’t really say anything about that injury. He ran into the wall in what saved the no hitter. If the Mets won the World Series in 2006, then Endy Chavez would be a Met immortal, Baxter now holds the spot for best Mets catch ever. He’ll be gone 6-8 weeks, but he has helped keep the Mets afloat these past few weeks. He’s been very clutch as a pinch hitter and continued to be good when he got some playing time.
Ramon Ramirez…he got hurt celebrating the no hitter and does anyone really care? This guy was supposed to be so good he could close, but he has done nothing. If Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch ended up being trade fodder, then he could have stepped into the closer role, but they can’t depend on him.
The Mets supposedly have money and I read somewhere that they would consider spending on some power. But, we all know, they aren’t going for long term commitments. And where would they put this power? They don’t have any real open spots, except maybe the outfield with Kirk moving to center and put that person in left. Alfonso Soriano might work if he didn’t have that huge contract. Kevin Youkilis is an intriguing player, and he’s in his last year before an option, plus he can play first base where we don’t know what’s up with Davis.
For now, let’s hope the Mets can keep it going. Pedal to the metal.